Taba Border Crossing
מעבר מנחם בגין
The Egyptian border terminal
|Carries||Pedestrians, Vehicles, Containers|
|Crosses||Border between Egypt and Israel|
|Locale|| Taba, Egypt|
|Official name||Taba Border Crossing|
מעבר מנחם בגין
|Maintained by|| Arab Republic of Egypt|
Israel Airports Authority
|Total length||200 m (Israeli side)|
|Width||45 m (Israeli side)|
|Opened||26 April 1982|
|Daily traffic||2,147 pedestrians in 2005|
74 vehicles in 2005
|Toll||E£400.00 (Inbound Egypt)|
₪101.00 (Outbound Israel)
The Taba Border Crossing also known as the Menachem Begin Crossing (Arabic: معبر طابا, Hebrew: מעבר מנחם בגין formerly Hebrew: מעבר טאבה) is an international border crossing between Taba, Egypt, and Eilat, Israel.
Opened on April 26, 1982 it is currently the only entry/exit point between the two countries that handles tourists. The site is at the bottom of Mount Tallul and was close to Raffi Nelson's Nelson Village and the Sonesta Hotel which both closed due to the handing over of the Sinai to Egyptian control in exchange for normalization of relations. Under terms of the deal, Israelis would be able to visit the Red Sea coast from Taba to Sharm el-Sheikh (and Saint Catherine's Monastery) visa free for visits up to fourteen days. In 1999, the terminal handled a record amount of 1,038,828 tourists and 89,422 vehicles.
In February 2014, a coach taking tourists to Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai exploded in Taba shortly before crossing the border to Israel. Three South Korean nationals and one Egyptian national were killed, while 14 South Koreans were injured; the blast was blamed on terrorists.
The crossing was closed for a week in April 2017 after bombing attacks at Coptic Orthodox churches in Egypt.
The Israeli border terminal was opened in September 1995 at a cost of US $3 million.
Services within the terminal
- Drive in stations for those traveling by car
- Change Place stand offering a money exchange
- James Richardson duty-free shop
Transportation to and from the terminal
The Israeli border terminal can be reached from within Israel via Egged bus number 15 from Eilat's central bus station. Privately owned Israeli cars may cross through the terminal and stay in the confines of the Egyptian border terminal (this includes the parking lots of the Hilton Taba and Mövenpick Taba Resort); further travel into the Sinai is possible after change of license plates, registration and the payment of a tax.
Israeli rental cars are not allowed to cross the border.
All travelers to Egypt must pay a border-crossing fee before leaving Israel. The border-crossing fee is NIS 102 (December 2019) per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year (on January 1) linked to the Consumer Price Index. An additional service charge of 5 NIS (per payment, not per traveler) is payable regardless of the form of payment.
No border fee is imposed if travelling within 1 km (0.62 mi) of the border. This means travelers to the Mövenpick Resort, Hilton Taba Resort Hotel, and Radisson Blue Resort Taba are exempt from any fees, but a printed reservation to the hotel must be shown at the border, otherwise the full fee is required.
Though there is an ATM at the terminal, it is usually not in function so travelers should bring cash to exchange. The terminal building has an exchange counter.
Travelers will get a stamp on arrival allowing entry into the Sinai Peninsula for up to 14 days. With this stamp, travelers can travel as far as Sharm El Sheikh including St Catherine Monastery and visit Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve. There is no cost involved to get the stamp. Travel beyond into the rest of Egypt requires an Egyptian Visa that will need to be obtained in advance.
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- Eilot (kibbutz)
- Operation Uvda
- Ovda Airport
- Port of Eilat
- Yotvata Airfield
Entry stamp to Israel from Taba in an Israeli passport.
Entry stamp to Egypt from Eilat in a US passport.
- "Sinai attacks: Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus". BBC NEWS. 16 February 2014.
- "Taba Crossing was renamed to Menachem Begin Crossing" (in Hebrew). Reshet Bet. 27 September 2016.
- , Rates and Passage Fees
- "Taba Eilat Border Crossing". Explore Wider. May 2018.